Violated – Sarah Wilson, a review

I have just finished reading Sarah Wilson’s book, Violated. I do not think I have ever read a book that has taken me on such an emotional journey; one minute you feel burning anger the next you feel overwhelming sadness. Having read this book I now realise why people like Sarah want to be known as survivors not victims. I find myself full of admiration for a young girl, and at twenty three she is still that, who has gone through more in her short life than I have in my sixty eight years; and has come out the other side a true survivor. This also holds good for her mother who has faced life changing tragedy and still shows overwhelming love for her children and grand children.

This book charts what should have been, under normal circumstances, Sarah’s formative years; but for her they were far from normal. At eleven years old she becomes a victim of sexual grooming leading to sexual exploitation that goes on for many years; and is treated in the most vile way. She is plied with drink and hard drugs and suffers on a daily basis multiple rapes; which for her and many like her becomes a normal way of life. All the perpetrators were English Heritage Pakistani men, but ironically it is a Pakistani man who rescues her. On a positive note Sarah makes it clear that not all Pakistani men are paedophiles. During this period of her life, and since, she was badly let down by social workers, care home staff and the police and of course Rotherham Borough councillors who covered up this vile crime.

Just at the time when she was attempting to get her life back to some kind of normality her younger sister was brutally murdered; and even with this the police did not take her sisters disappearance seriously. She and her mother had to organise their own search party, and it was them that made the grim discovery. It was a so called honour killing by an English Pakistani man.

By the end of the book, being some one who has read fully the Jay and Casey reports; my anger at the police and the cowards that are Rotherham Borough council, has done what I believed it never could do; it has increased. I would urge every one to read this courageous young ladies honest account of her traumatic experiences of life.

I hope Sarah that you and all the other survivors get justice, and that you and your family are able to finally live a long and happy life.

Dave Smith

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7 thoughts on “Violated – Sarah Wilson, a review

  1. Sarah Wilson. Eshet Chayil! Woman of valour! A light shining in the darkness. Her heroism highlights the cowardice of those paid to protect her. Let’s make sure they all go to jail. Drag them from their nursing homes in their declining years if we have to. The struggle is not over until every rapist, every protector and enabler and all their front companies have been utterly ruined. Fight, fight and fight again to save the town we love!


    • Question, she says that she was saved by a Pakistani gentleman, who protected her from these vile preptrators, from his own race……did he report any of these criminals ?


      • Well, let’s face it, if he did SYP wouldn’t have done anything, except perhaps arrest or threaten him. Even now “nine lives” Harwin is talking only about reassigning these uniformed criminals to other duties, not throwing them in jail where they belong. 100 officers accused by survivors now!


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  4. I am only halfway through this book. Enough to make me hope she now has a better life.

    It leaves me saddened and shocked. Saddened by what Sarah went through. Shocked that the authorities failed her in so many ways.

    No child should be abused. Period. This is is a national tragedy.


    • It was the most powerful book I read on mass abuse of our children. The after effects on me were upsetting as from my service days I have had a mild form of PTSD. The abused children have been through similar trauma. They may need support for decades. Fortunately they have formed support groups and are now becoming a force in their own right. This does not mean they ought stand alone. They need our support.


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